Waiting for Spring!

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Who is ready for spring and the chance to explore outdoors? It’s finally time to think about planting gardens, listening for birds, and watching as nature wakes up from a long cold winter. Children love to observe, investigate, and learn about living things. It’s a big part of being a child and experiencing the the joy of playing outside. It’s another great way to learn about their world and the important role they will play as future stewards of the environment.

Exploring nature is beneficial for children and their adults. Kids can experience the process of scientific inquiry by observing, questioning, predicting, investigating and sharing. In fact, every time we explore and wonder about nature, we are already modeling how exciting the process of discovery and learning can be. The books on this list will inspire readers and listeners of any age to take a fresh look at the world around them.

And Then It's Spring

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Bee Dance

A honeybee searches for nectar, then returns to the hive to tell the other bees. She does a waggle dance, moving in a special figure-eight pattern to share the location of the foodsource with her hivemates.

How Does My Garden Grow?

Sophie lives in the city, and her vegetables come from a supermarket. Then she goes to visit her grandparents in the country – and soon discovers how much there is to learn about how things grow!

Mama Built a Little Nest

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds’ nests, from the scrapes falcons build on high, craggy ledges to the underground nests burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.